Minimise your waste

What we consume and the packaging it comes in creates over a tonne of waste per household per year. Therefore, we need to be conscious of what we purchase and consider whether we really need it.

Minimising your waste can have significant social, economic and environmental benefits. But nothing is waste—until we throw it away. So become more aware of how we create waste and the variety of ways we can reduce, re-use and recycle. 


  • Become informed about the environmental impacts of products. If not satisfied, search for better alternatives
  • Bulk buy when possible, but don't buy more than can be used
  • Choose products with less packaging
  • Choose products with recyclable or reusable packaging
  • Carry reusable shopping bags or boxes
  • Say 'no' to unnecessary plastic bags and other packaging
  • Re-use plastic bags and all types of containers over and over again
  • Buy quality goods that will last
  • Encourage manufacturers to play their part.


  • Look for products in reusable, refillable or recyclable packaging when shopping.
  • Donate unwanted clothing, furniture and white goods to charities.
  • Enquire if goods can be repaired rather than replaced.
  • Hold a garage sale.
  • Use rechargeable batteries rather than single-use batteries and ask the local council about how to dispose of batteries properly.
  • Use retreaded tyres if they are appropriate.
  • Use glass bottles and jars, plastic bags, aluminium foil and take away food containers over and over again before recycling or disposing of them.
  • Carry lunches in a reusable container rather than disposable wrappings.
  • Re-use envelopes and use both sides of paper.


  • Separate recyclables such as glass, plastic, paper and metal from other rubbish - depending on what your local council will collect.
  • Do not put recyclables in the bin in a plastic bag.
  • Recycle kitchen and garden scraps, which can make up almost 50 percent of garbage, as compost.
  • Get involved in local school and community recycling schemes.
  • Keep potentially hazardous household waste such as motor oil, batteries, pesticides and paint out of landfill sites-council will provide information about how to dispose of them safely.
  • Encourage friends and family to get involved in recycling at home, at school and in the workplace.

It is all of our responsibilities to change the way we think and act, to tackle the problem of waste production and disposal.

Click here to learn more about waste management within City of Port Phillip.